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Isaya from Tanzania raised $890 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Isaya
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  • $890 raised, $0 to go
$890
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Isaya's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2020.
July 27, 2020

Isaya underwent clubfoot treatment but was able to access funding elsewhere.

We are writing to share the good news that Isaya received clubfoot treatment, but our Medical Partner shared that his family and hospital were able to access different funds to support his treatment, so have requested that we leverage Watsi support for another patient in need.

We wish Isaya and his family all the best on the journey ahead!

We are writing to share the good news that Isaya received clubfoot treatment, but our Medical Partner shared that his family and hospital we...

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March 31, 2020

Isaya is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. Isaya is the third born child to her family. Isaya’s parents are both subsistence farmers who do not make enough to be able to afford his treatment.

Isaya has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Isaya traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaya’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and wear shoes when he grows up.

Isaya’s mother says, “I have seen children, even adults, with clubfeet but when I gave birth to Isaya it still scared me. I think I was scared because of the society’s perception regarding disability and I was worried that my son will have a hard life. Please help me get him this treatment so that he may have a good future.”

Isaya is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. Isaya is the third born child to her family. Isaya’s parents are both subsistence farmers who...

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Isaya's Timeline

  • March 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Isaya was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • April 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Isaya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Isaya is no longer raising funds.

  • May 01, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Isaya was scheduled to receive treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Isaya's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Isaya's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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